Category Archives: Windows

Windows 7 – Can’t Check for Updates

So, I booted up a Win7 VM that hasn’t been online in 11 months — Windows Update won’t work!

Microsoft was nice enough to give me this message:

Windows Update Cannot Check For Updates, Because The Service Is Not Running

I tried letting Microsoft “fix it for me” from this page, but it didn’t work:

Here’s the fix.

Start -> type cmd
Right-click on cmd and click on: Run as administrator
Type the following lines, hitting enter after each one:

net stop wuauserv
cd %systemroot%
ren SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bad
net start wuauserv

Launch Windows Update again – and — let the updates begin!

Copy / Paste issues with Synergy?

Regardless of it’s cross OSes, or Windows to Windows … you may run into issues copying & pasting in either Server -> Client … or Client -> Server direction.

If you opened up the Server Log window, you may have noticed disconnects … but you don’t lose synergy connectivity (the lightning bolt stays attached).

If you’re running a server on Linux or Mac, then you can skip the next step – which talks about Windows config.

Grab WinSSHD from Bitvise ( & install it on the server. Ensure you allow port forwarding.

Once it’s running, on the CLIENT Side, use SecureCRT (or puTTy) & configure port forwarding to the newly installed Windows SSH Server.

Port forwarding with SecureCRT:

Once configured – on the CLIENT, login & fire up Synergy.

Enter ‘localhost’ for the hostname:

The established SSH connection will be the transport for port 24800 from the Client to the Server.

If using Mac or Linux, use command-line SSH to setup the port forwarding. Again, the Server must be configured to allow port forwarding:
# ssh -L 24800:localhost:24800 user@ssh_server

If setup properly, you’ll get your lightning bolt & all will be well. Since using this setup, I have not had a single issue copying/pasting between my two windows machines.


This started failing about 8 hours later & hasn’t worked since — even going back to older releases & up to the latest Betas.

It’s GOTTA be the x64 OS —


Virus alert? Pop-ups? C: says nothing’s there? Desktop icons gone? Start Menu is empty?

Yeah, you got something nasty.

Boot into safe mode, fire up a cmd.exe/DOS box & let’s ‘attrib’ your files back to normal:

attrib -s -h c:*.* /S /D

Once that finishes, grab Malwarebytes & the latest definitions.

Install the app, run the updates & do a full scan.

Can’t run task manager?

.... delete the key for "DisableTaskMgr"

Security Center says Automatic Updates is off?

Start -> Run -> regsvr32 wuaueng.dll

More to come, as I try to keep this going.